wikiHow to Get a Little Healthier While Staying Just as Lazy

Three Methods:Eating WellExercisingMaking Other Healthy Choices

Being healthier can be a huge challenge, especially if you don’t have the time or the energy. But there are small changes you can make to your life where you can improve your health and still be lazy. Eat differently, exercise just a tiny bit more, and make a few other small changes to your life to improve your health without not making huge changes to your everyday life.

Method 1
Eating Well

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    Eat your meals with your nondominant hand. If you’re right-handed, put your fork in your left hand at meals. Using your nondominant hand as your fork hand makes you eat more slowly. Stop eating when you feel full, but not bloated. You’ll eat more slowly and probably consume less food.[1]
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    Add in healthy food. Don’t subtract out cookies and pizza from your diet. Instead, add healthier foods, like fruits and vegetables. Buy those Milano cookies, but also make an effort to buy frozen fruit for smoothies and snap pea crisps to snack on, too.[2]
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    Drink a glass of water before every meal. Water will fill you up a little bit, so you won’t overeat at your next meal. Make it a habit to keep a water bottle near you at all times, whether you’re in your house or on the go.[3]
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    Drink coffee. People who drink three to five cups of coffee a day are less likely to show early symptoms of heart disease. Don’t skip out of your morning cup of coffee or that afternoon pick me up.[4]
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    Eat on smaller plates. People who eat on smaller plates end up eating less food. Buy a few inexpensive smaller plates and bowls if yours are large. You’ll think you’ve eaten more than you have.[5]
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    Eat spicy foods. Spicy foods can up your metabolism by 8%. Go for extra hot salsa, some chili peppers, or cayenne pepper. Add it to your food for extra flavor and a health boost![6]

Method 2
Exercising

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    Walk for two minutes every hour. Just two minutes...you can do it! You can even walk in circles around your couch while you watch TV. Walking will help you burn extra calories that would have been stored as fat, had you stayed sitting.[7]
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    Walk backwards. Be sure to look behind you. Walking backwards, even in short bursts, can have huge health benefits. 100 backward steps is equal to 1,000 forward steps![8]
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    Get your metabolism started early. If you have things to do, such as laundry, taking out the trash, or other chores, do them earlier rather than later. This will kickstart your metabolism.[9]
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    Stand instead of sit. You can still play video games or watch TV, but try to stand for at least half of the time you’re doing so. You can burn up to 750 more calories every week if you stand for 3 hours a day![10]

Method 3
Making Other Healthy Choices

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    Hit the snooze button. Getting plenty of sleep boosts your immune system, reduces your risk of inflammation, depression, and stress. Plenty of sleep also helps to keep down your weight. It also improves your daily mood, making sure you're taking care of your mental health as well.[11]
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    Hang out with your friends. Spending time with friends reduces your stress level and could help you prevent inflammation and keep your blood pressure and heart rate down. Find time to hang out with a friend on weeknights, too, even if you’re exhausted from work or school. It’s healthy![12]
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    Watch a funny video during work. Take a break from your normal workday to watch a funny video of a cat or a puppy. You will have more energy and be more happier in the long run![13]
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    Pet your dog or cat. You get the “love hormone,” oxycontin, from just looking at your animal’s face. Spend some quality time with your pet and get a boost of happiness in return.[14]
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    Park far away. Even if you go to get fast food, park at the far end of the parking lot so you have to walk. Walking will burn some more calories and help you exercise even a little bit.[15]

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    Play more active games. Instead of playing games that require sitting, like Xbox or PlayStation, try playing a more active game, like Wii Tennis or Dance Dance Revolution. You can also venture out of the house to play paintball or laser tag.

Tips

  • Try to put aside healthy snacks instead of unhealthy ones. Choose some cherry tomatoes over potato chips, or trail mix over a candy bar.
  • Eat only half of a hefty portion at a restaurant. Set aside the other half for your lunch the next day.
  • Pack your lunch at school or work instead of buying it. It’s less expensive and usually healthier!

Warnings

  • Always consult your doctor for specialized medical advice about your diet and exercise.

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